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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Every One Of Us

I Dig Rock And Roll Music
Every One Of Us
Anderson Senior High School
Richard W. Wesp, Director
Custom Fidelity

Rhumbas - Armando Orefiche - Havana Cuban Boys

Armando Orefiche
Havana Cuba Boys
London P.18107

Imported, three 78 RPM record set.

Armando Orefiche was a Cuban pianist in the mid-20th century. He led a band called Armando Orefiche and his Havana Cuban Boys until the 1980s, when they dissolved.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sirtaki Goes On... Mimis Plessas

Oriental Delight
Sirtaki Goes On...
Mimis Plessas
Philips 8445

A 4 song 45 I found in a Northern Kentucky thrift. Plessas, a Greek composer, has scored countless films amongst other projects in his 50 year career.

This 45 is appears to be an obscure import.

Cha Cha Cha - Xavier Cugat

Cha Cha Cha
Xavier Cugat
Columbia CL 718

Nice early Cugat. I believe the cover model to be Abbe Lane, Cugat's wife at the time.

Available as purchase/download so I won't be posting a sample.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Background Moods

Dreamsville - Max Harris And His Orchestra
Charade - London Cinema Symphony
Autumn Serenade - Dennis Wilson's Cocktail Piano with The Rhythm Quartet
Miserlou - Wally Scott and his "Sounds of Paradise" Orchestra

Background Moods
Music For Your Every Mood
Reader's Digest
RCA Custom

This is a 10 record boxed set (11 records including a bonus disc). Nicely packaged set containing good quality easy listening or light jazz/pop. The musicians/orchestras change from side to side, so the chances of finding the "right" mood are pretty good. And there are a few decent tunes with a 60s vibe to enjoy.

1. In a Moonlight Mood / In a Haunting Mood
2. In A Bewitching Mood / In A Blues Mood
3. Background Moods from the Movies
4. In an Intimate Mood / In A Carefree Mood
5. In a Romantic Mood / In a Wistful Mood
6. In a Sparkling Mood / In a Joyous Mood
7. In a Swinging Mood / In an Exotic Mood
8. In a Spectacular Mood / In a Festive Mood
9. In a Soothing Mood / In a Starlight Mood
10. In a Latin Mood / In a Dancing Mood
Bonus Record - In a Syncopated Mood / In a Let's-Get-Away-From-It-All Mood

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Touch Of Blue - The Jonah Jones Quartet

Blues In My Heart
A Touch Of Blue
The Jonah Jones Quartet
With The Swinginest Chorale
Capitol ST 1405

This is a very cool space age album. The music is the perfect blend of Jones, light pop jazz and fun 60s vintage easy listening backing vocals.

Jones also sings on a few tracks. He has a very nice smoky voice. You can read more about Jonah Jones on his wiki page.

So Blue
It's A Blue World
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Blues In My Heart
Blue Turning Grey Over You
A Touch Of Blue
Blue And Broken Hearted
Blue Champagne
Birth Of The Blues
Dust Bowl Blues
Blue Danube
Blue Skies

Wonderful World Of Music

Palm Canyon Drive - Hugo Montenegro
Wonderful World Of Music
Time Records TSD-5
Series 2000

Velvet Guitar - The Guitar Artistry Of Hank Garland

Velvet Guitar
The Guitar Artistry Of Hank Garland
Harmony Columbia HL 7231

Tracks off this album are available as purchase/downloads so I will not be posting a sample. I've posted the original cover(s) above which are not available with the downloads.

The cover art might lead you to believe that you are getting into some easy listening guitar. That's not the case. This is a smooth jazz LP. Apparently this is a hard to find album.

Garland's wiki page is an interesting read. His career was tragically cut short by a car accident that happened when he was playing for the soundtrack of an Elvis Presley movie.

Baile Con Sarita Montiel / Besame - Sarita Montiel

Besame Mucho

Baile Con Sarita Montiel
Arreglos y dirección de orquesta Greg Segura
Gamma - Hispavox
GH 1122

Sarita Montiel
Columbia EX 5077

From the back cover (EX 5077): Sarita Montiel, reigning favorite of the Spanish-language cinema, was born in Campo de Criptana, a province of Cuidad Real, in Spain. When she was eleven, Sarita attended a Holly Week celebration in the small town of Orihuela. There she was discovered. At the head of a procession, singing a hymn to the Virgin, Sarita attracted the attention of motion picture producers, and one year later played a small part in the film Te Quiero Para Me (I Want You For Myself), directed by Ladislao Vajda. In spite of her small roles, Sarita was widely acclaimed by knowing film people, who saw in her the unmistakable gifts of an actress. In her first picture, she appeared under the name of Maria Alejandra; her true name is Maria Antonia Adad. In her next film, Empezo En Boda, she took the name Sarita Montiel. Sarita Montiel's popularity grew rapidly. All the Spanish directors sought to work with her. In her third picture she was again directed by Ladislao Vajda and worked with Antonio Casal. The movie, produced in 1945, was titled Cinco Lobitos (Five Little Wolves). In the same year, she appeared in Bambu, and was starred in Se Le Fue El Novio (The Lover Went Away) and El Viajero Del Clipper (The Clipper Passenger). Other triumps followed, and a few years later Sarita Montiel left Spain for Mexico. In the Aztecas studios she played in El Fuego (The Fire), Necesito Dinero (I Need Money), Martin Corona and Ahi Viene Martin Corona (Here Comes Martin Corona). The last film she made in Mexico was titled El Circle (The Circle). Hollywood producers won her over for their films, and she made Vera Cruz with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, Run Of The Arrow, and Serenade, with Mario Lanza and Joan Fontaine. Sarita Montiel returned to Spain for El Ultimo Cuple (The Last Cuplet) which ranks among the most resounding triumphs or Spanish cinematography. After the success of El Ultimo Cuple, Sarita starred with Raf Vallone in La Violetera (The Violet Seller) which won her many international awards.

Besame Mucho
Un Comprosmiso
Mil Veces
Quien Si No Tu
Acercate Mas
Señor, Señor
Lo Que Yo Sonaga
Amor, Dulce Amor
Mil Besos